How to register a MetaMask account

How to register a MetaMask account

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If you’re looking for one of the best ways to hold your Ethereum and tokens utilizing the Ethereum network, then look no further than MetaMask. It is a fantastic option for both novice and experienced cryptocurrency consumers. Today’s article is a step-by-step guide to getting a Metamask wallet registered so that you can start sending and receiving crypto.

We’ve previously explored the topic of MetaMask, explaining what it is and the fundamental features of this wallet. Head on over to here to read more about this or if you’re ready, continue down this article for help on setting up.

If you’re already set up and want to know how to get paid in cryptocurrencies, then we’ve got another useful guide on this very topic. It is our aim to make every member of the Cloudname community achieve their goals, whether that is trading domains, investing in crypto or building up a portfolio and a crypto wallet is a great way to do this.

So let’s get started…

 

Step 1: Download and then install the browser extension

The first in a series of very easy steps is to download and install the MetaMask browser expansion. They currently have an extension available for the following web browsers:

Chrome | Firefox | Opera | Brave

You can find the browser extension you need on the MetaMask homepage. The link on this page should take you to your browser’s store where you can then choose MetaMask and press add to the browser.

After installing the browser extension, you should see the icon for MetaMask appear, which is a picture of a fox. This can sometimes vary but in most cases, it will be in the top right corner of the web browser screen.

 

Step 2: Set up your new wallet

Once you’ve installed the browser extension for MetaMask, it’s time to set up your new wallet. You will see an option to click on “Get started” and then be shown a screen that lets you create a crypto wallet.

You will need to read the usual T&Cs, and then accept them before you can progress from this stage.

Once done, you will need to choose a unique password that is used to access your MetaMask account. As always, it is important that you follow good practice for passwords. Don’t use things like a different variation of your name or your birthday.

For added security, MetaMask will give you a backup phrase comprising 12 words that is unique to you and your wallet. This is used to back up your wallet and it is vital you store this in a safe place, such as on a piece of paper and keep it securely somewhere. 

Important Note: Never save it onto your PC as someone may be able to access it if they hack your computer. If they were to access this, they could take your funds from the wallet.

Now that you’ve saved your unique backup phrase, MetaMask will ask you to confirm it and this is the final stage in setting up your new wallet. It’s so easy!

 

Step 3: Depositing funds in your new wallet

It couldn’t be easier to deposit funds in your wallet, but for those new to this system let’s break down the steps required.

As normal, press the MetaMask extension icon.

From here, click on “Deposit” which appears in the pop-up. Please note there is an option to expand the screen if you want to see a larger version of your wallet.

Now that you’ve chosen to deposit to your account, you get to choose from a variety of options including:

  • – Depositing ETH or various other tokens
  • – Purchase crypto via third-party services including Wyre

 

Depending on the option you go for, the next steps vary slightly but as an example, we will show you how you can deposit Ether from a different account that you own. Once you’ve chosen this option, it will display the wallet address for deposits.

You can either scan the QR code or copy this address into the send section within your other wallet. Always make sure to check your balance once this process has been completed, to make sure the transfer was successful.

 

Step 4: Sending funds from your new wallet

Even easier than depositing funds, it takes a matter of seconds to send funds to someone else from your MetaMask wallet. No matter whether you’re sending funds to another wallet or exchange or buying something from a store, it follows a similar pattern.

Firstly, press the MetaMask icon on your browser and when you see the pop-up screen select “Send”.

Secondly, complete the information required including the recipient’s address, assets to send, amount and the transaction fee involved.

Once this has been filled out, it will calculate the gas fee for you and then display the total amounts involved in the transaction. If you’re happy with this, click on “Confirm” and the transaction starts at this point. Once this process has been completed, you will see a notification inside your web browser.

 

Step 5: Adding new networks or changing the existing ones in Metamask

It is important to note that MetaMask wallets can work with more than just the Ethereum network. The list will expand as the cryptocurrency world develops but right now there are compatible networks such as Polygon and Binance Smart Chain (BSC) that can utilise MetaMask.

A fantastic way to deal with adding or changing networks is to use Chainlist, a site that MetaMask refers to in their user guides.

 

How do I add a network with Chainlist?

Firstly, connect your MetaMask account to the Chainlist website. When you visit the site, you will see in the top right corner the option to connect your wallet and this will trigger the MetaMask system’s security, verifying the specific connection.

From here you can find the particular network you wish to connect to your wallet and click “Add Chain”. You will then be provided with all the key details about the network including the name and chain ID. As long as everything is accurate, then click on the “Approve” button.

Please note that you may see a pop-up warning that switching networks can cancel any pending confirmations you have. Make sure this is okay and won’t disrupt anything and click on the “Switch network” option.

 

Summary

Now that you’ve followed these easy steps and set up your MetaMask wallet, you’re ready to get trading! By having access to a wallet, you increase the ways you can pay for domains but also expand your potential customer base when selling or renting domains.

Head on over to the Cloudname platform today and start using your new wallet!

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Effective Ways to Promote Your Domain

Effective Ways to Promote Your Domain

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So you’ve got a domain you wish to promote? Maybe you need to build up its performance in search results or you have a domain that is ranking well and you feel it is time to sell it to someone and make a profit?

No matter the situation you’re in and the objective you have, success will only come around if you promote your domain. By getting your domain in front of the people that matter, you can generate traffic, increase ad revenue, receive higher offers to buy it from you and generally make more money.

Even if you understand the need to promote a domain, it can be challenging to know what the best strategy is for your specific situation. Below, you will find ten top tips on how to promote your domain effectively, as well as some comments on why people choose to put time and money into such activities.

By the end you should feel confident about taking an existing domain, adding value and generating relevant interest in it.

 

Ten Top Tips to help promote your domain

What does promoting your domain mean? Well, fundamentally it is about maximising the value of the domain and getting the attention of as many relevant people as possible. One of the key points in this sentence is relevance, as you want to be targeted with your efforts in order to be efficient with your time and money.

It doesn’t matter whether you wish to own a domain for the long term, run it as part of a business you own or try to re-sell, these top tips are all relevant and you will soon discover why.

 

Understand your niche

Before you get started with any kind of promotional activity, development of the domain’s authority or even attempting to buy or sell a domain you need to understand the niche it operates within.

Let’s start with an example.

Do you own a domain connected with the fashion industry? In that case, spending time understanding the following can have extensive benefits for your efforts:

  • – What is the health of the industry and current trends?
  • – Would your domain be used in a specific niche within the industry? Or a specific location?
  • – What are similar domains within this niche? How do they perform and have any been valued or sold recently?
  • – Do you understand the type of audience and potential customers for this niche? What drives their interest and engagement?

These questions map to any industry, niche and location and by being able to answer them you will have strong foundations from which to build.

 

Understand and implement SEO

Quite simply the most important tool available to those that wish to build up interest and traffic to a domain. Understanding what Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is, how it is implemented and potential results will enable you to create content, explore backlinks, set up relevant landing pages etc.

All of these things are actually separate tasks that you find below and this shows how connected all of this is when it comes to promoting your domain effectively.

SEO is a long-term activity and results won’t be seen overnight, so those wishing to promote a domain because they wish to sell it quickly may struggle to make worthwhile steps forward in SEO. In that scenario, focus on pay-per-click advertising, social media, forums and email marketing to engage with the domain trading audience and potential clients.

A fantastic guide to help you get started with SEO is this one from ahrefs, one of the leading SEO tools on the market right now.

 

Create content

Whether aiming to sell a domain, rent it out, tokenize it or use it to generate an income in other ways you need to create content for it. There is simply no point in having a domain that flags up some kind of error page should a potential customer wish to visit it.

 

The content must be:

  • – Optimized, effective and relevant to the audience you’re trying to connect with.
  • – Regularly updated to ensure it stays interesting to your audience.
  • – Designed in an attractive and user-friendly way.

There are a couple of approaches to this and it does depend on why you want to promote your domain.

 

A landing page

For those wishing to sell a domain or rent it out, then a landing page is the most effective approach. You can create a simple, effective page that you drive traffic to. Here, you can offer valuable content about the domain itself, what deal you’re offering and contact details.

Furthermore, you can use this landing page as a way to generate some ad revenue by utilising adverts on the page. It may generate a passive income for you whilst you’re looking to sell the domain.

 

A full website

If you own a domain and wish to promote it as part of your existing business, or perhaps wish to develop its value over a long period of time as part of a portfolio then a full website is a great way to go.

In much the same way as a landing page, you must make sure the content is relevant, engaging, up-to-date and designed in a user-friendly way. At all times, you must remember to optimize it as much as possible for search engines.

 

Start to get backlinks

One of the key pillars of SEO is backlinks (alongside content creation) and it is vital to promoting your website to a wider audience. This is because it will offer readers of authoritative websites in your chosen industry the chance to visit your page and also because it boosts the SEO rating of your site.

A fantastic way to start developing backlinks is to get involved with guest blogging. This is where you write a guest post for a blog or website in your chosen industry. They in turn will link back to your website within this post, directing traffic. Some of the benefits of this approach include:

  • – Showing your understanding and expertise in the particular industry or niche
  • – Offering a direct link to your website from other sites
  • – Builds up SEO value with search engines

There are other ways to start developing backlinks and you can find many guides out there including this one.

 

Use email marketing

For those searching for a more direct method of promoting your domain effectively with a target audience then email marketing is a perfect option. As soon as you have your domain set up and some kind of landing page live online you can start an email campaign.

There are some great free email marketing tools out there which makes it a good choice for those on a limited budget. The challenge can often be getting a list of email subscribers or contacts that you can include in your campaign. Always remember to include a sign-up option on your landing page/website for this very purpose.

Once you have got your email list ready, some examples of the campaigns you can use to promote your site include:

  • – A regular newsletter about your business, industry news and interesting topics.
  • – A countdown to the launch of the site or when it is going on sale on a platform like Cloudname.
  • – A guide on a particular process or service that is relevant to your audience (for example a ‘how to’ guide).

 

Use social media and forums

There is a great deal of debate about how relevant social media and forums are to generating traffic to a particular domain. However, these tools are incredibly effective in generating interest in a domain that is for sale, rent or available as tokens.

Start by looking at where your target audience actively engages. Is it on Instagram? Or maybe they prefer LinkedIn? Do they use forums like Reddit or those linked to trading platforms?

Once you know these details, you can develop some engaging and effective social media posts or content to post online. Make sure to monitor posts, engage with readers and ensure a consistent strategy is in place. Posting once and then forgetting for months will not help generate interest in your domain and get people competing to buy it!

 

Set up Google My Business and other directories

For those wanting to promote a domain to a local audience, or perhaps if it is relevant to a specific geographical area then Google My Business is essential.

Think of Google My Business like a YELP profile for a website and best of all a profile is free and incredibly easy to set up. Once you have your business profile set up, it will list information like your contact details, location, opening hours (if you have a retail store) and anything else that is important.

This may not seem that necessary for some domains but the key bit to remember is it all adds to the overall value of a domain and no matter your goal, this is a positive.

 

Consider Pay-per-click advertising

So far we’ve explored tips and tricks that are relatively inexpensive except perhaps for requiring time and expertise. However, if you wish to promote your domain in a quicker timeframe or give your domain a bit of a boost whilst you develop its SEO level then pay-per-click advertising is worth considering.

Utilizing a system like Google AdWords, you can create effective AdWords relatively quickly once you’ve done keyword research and set a specific budget. This way you will only pay when a person clicks on a link.

This is a specialist area and for those with limited experience, it is recommended you do some research or work with an expert so as to not waste your funds.

 

Responsive customer service

Okay, so you’ve been promoting your domain and generating interest in your business or the potential purchase of the domain.

If you don’t respond effectively and with the right attitude then your efforts will have been for nothing! Always monitor the email address for your domain, any social media channels used for it and forums you post on.

By responding in a quick and efficient way you can build up goodwill with potential audiences and turn that traffic into a sale or bidders for your domain.

 

Be proactive

All of the activities above require you to be one thing above all, proactive! Simply sitting there with a domain or portfolio of domains that are inactive may occasionally sell but it is highly unlikely you will generate much interest.

Furthermore, by being proactive you can drive up not only the value of the domain but the value of any ad revenue you receive or services you offer on your website. It also drives down the potential cost of PPC or SEO per customer.

It does take time and effort to promote a domain but those that engage proactively in this process will see significant benefits. Don’t rely on others finding you, go out there, find them and tell them about your domain!

 

Summary

As you can see, there is a consistent pattern across all of the top tips for promoting your domain.

Ensuring you have an optimized, engaging domain and your efforts target relevant audiences will mean you promote your domain in a far more efficient way. Take a moment to explore the domains listed on our trading platform and see how our community of domain traders promote their domains.

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Top NFT trends in 2022

Top NFT trends in 2022

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One of the defining technological developments of the past decade has been blockchain technology. The internet and the digital age we live in is evolving rapidly, with Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) exploding onto the scene in the past few years.

For those still a little uncertain about what an NFT is, how it works and the types of assets that can become an NFT we have created the perfect guide for you here.

A quick definition…

An NFT is a token on the blockchain that records the digital ownership of a specific asset. This token is unique and cannot be traded for a like-for-like asset. NFTs can cover anything from digital art to music, games, and real estate.

If you’re wondering why NFTs hold such a significant place in our consciousness right now? Put simply, in 2021 people spent approx $40 billion on NFT marketplaces and 2022 is on track to easily surpass this total!

NFT means utility in terms of establishibng your online ID – whether it’s about using your crypto wallet or creating your WEB3 website, NFT grants your authenticity.

 

What has happened to the NFT market in 2021?

Interestingly, NFTs have been around for much longer than people expect, with one of the first making an appearance in 2014. However, the NFT market truly made its breakthrough in 2021.

With the popularity of the digital artist known as Beeple, sports organisations like the NBA launching NFT marketplaces and groups like the Bored Ape Yacht Club, the market grew exponentially in 2021.

Towards the end of 2021 and moving into 2022, more and more brands are venturing into the world of virtual reality and NFTs. As the different branches of blockchain technology and Web3.0 started to connect, expectations are that the NFT market will continue to grow.

However, with challenges faced in the world, this growth may not be as straightforward as previously thought. To give yourself the best chance to make a successful investment in NFTs in 2022, we’ve highlighted the top NFT trends that you should be aware of.

 

What are the top NFT trends in 2022?

So let’s get down to business and explore the top NFT trends that are driving the growth of the market in 2022.

Nothing in life is guaranteed and certainly, investors have faced challenges when it comes to crypto and NFT in the first half of 2022 but this hasn’t stopped big brands, well-known artists and the general public get excited about the possibilities of NFTs.

 

Big brands are getting involved

One way to legitimise emerging markets and new technologies is to get established big brands to show an interest. It is common for early adopters to prove the concept works and eventually the big players will take the leap and this is what has happened with NFTs.

We’ve already talked about the NBA launching their own NFT marketplace but the likes of Gucci and Mcdonald’s are now active. Certainly, the fashion and food industries are leading the way, releasing limited collections of NFTs and this is helping not only connect their brand with a new audience but ensure consistency across different platforms.

Just like when Nike launches a limited edition pair of trainers in their physical stores, brands that launch a limited NFT collection have seen the value of those NFTs go from their original price to a much higher level on secondary NFT marketplaces.

 

Music and NFTs continue to collide

Mirroring the actions of big brands and sports stars, artists and organisations within the music industry have started to show an interest in NFT.

There are two key reasons for musicians and industry leaders to get involved with NFTs: income and engagement.

NFTs allow the musician to build specific terms and rules into the smart contracts they are based on. This means it could include access to particular events, music launches and more. This not only builds that connection with fans but also helps control how income is generated.

Moving through 2022 and beyond, the concept of NFTs will remain popular with musicians given the ability to retain ownership of the rights to their music. This means being able to potentially earn more royalties thanks to not having to pay middlemen.

 

NFT and gaming

The relationship between gaming and NFT can be a complex one to understand, even for those who would traditionally call themselves gamers.

In the past, games followed a traditional pattern where you purchased the game, played it and the assets owned in-game would have no real-world value. Subsequently, play-to-earn games and in-game purchases were developed and this changed everything.

People could purchase assets like skins for characters, weapons or special players using real-world money. Still, they could only be used in-game but thanks to the blockchain this has gone one step further.

This is where the idea of GameFi comes in, the concept of blockchain games that enable people who play them to earn financial incentives like NFTs. Gaming is one of the largest markets in the world and continues to develop, making it an NFT trend to explore in 2022.

 

NFT Art – Fractionalization

The most famous examples of NFTs that have bridged the gap between the blockchain world and mainstream media have been digital artwork. Leading the way are artists like Pak and Beeple, with collections selling for tens of millions.

One of the most publicised NFT art sales was Beeples Everydays: The First 5000 Days which sold for $69.3 million in early 2021.

In 2022, we’re seeing art continue to dominate but with a particular focus on the idea of fractionalization. This involves taking a particular asset such as a piece of art and turning it into a collection of fractionalized NFTs.

So why is this trend going to prove popular? Put simply, it opens up the market to an entirely new audience. Not many people around the world will be willing or able to spend millions on a piece of digital art, but many will be interested in paying $1000 for a fractionalized NFT of the artwork.

The well-known artist Banksy has seen some of his artwork acquired by companies who plan to sell collections of NFTs in exactly this way. Expect to see more artists explore this option as a way to sell their art and engage with audiences, as well as organisations aiming to make a profit.

 

NFTs and the Metaverse

When it comes to trends in 2022, you’re going to struggle to match the growing interest in the idea of the Metaverse. A digital world that utilises virtual reality, it has become the focus for some of the largest tech companies including Meta and Google.

Given the potential that the Metaverse offers and the growing interest, it makes sense that NFTs are going to play a huge role in the Metaverse.

A digital world opens up more options and greater utility for NFTs and as a result, brands from all industries are already looking to build a presence in both sectors. A perfect example is Nike, which has purchased a company that makes virtual shoes. Expect to see countless other companies not only venture into the Metaverse but maximise revenue through embedding NFTs in their offering to customers.

 

The rise of the Solana network

For a long time now, the Ethereum blockchain has hosted the vast majority of projects that focus on NFTs. This is because it is an established, influential and widely accepted platform. Recent reports have suggested that 95% of NFT marketplaces have chosen to operate on the Ethereum blockchain.

However, recently we have seen a rise in NFT projects choosing to be hosted on a different network. One of the leading networks to take advantage of this is the Solana network. They are particularly popular for NFT and DeFi projects.

It is expected that this trend will continue into 2022 and beyond as more projects see the success of the early disrupters. The Ethereum network has some well-known downsides including high gas fees and whilst these may well get resolved soon it does present opportunities for other networks.

 

Summary

Whilst we have summarised some of the top trends of 2022, more and more trends are developing as we move through the year. This is because the digital world and physical world continue to collide in a range of exciting and potentially lucrative ways.

We will regularly update our blog with articles on everything from domain trading news to crypto updates and Metaverse development. Make sure to check out our platform, social channels and Discord to be part of the conversation and take advantage of the trends as they start to develop.

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Main Reasons to Buy an UNSTOPPABLE Domain

Main Reasons to Buy an UNSTOPPABLE Domain

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Unstoppable Domains, one of the leading WEB3 domain names’ providers, are specialized in offering NFT domains. Established in 2018, they are focused on stimulating users to create their digital identity via personalized domains.

On Unstoppable’s digital ID platform, the NFT domains are minted on the blockchain which grants users with not only full ownership but also full control of their digital presence.

As of June 2022, Unstoppable Domains had 2.4mn registered usernames on their platform.

Thinking of buying a crypto domain name? You should consider the following:

 

Why buy UNSTOPPABLE crypto domains?

 

Cool extensions to create your WEB3 ID

WEB3 is all about decentralized Internet where one owns their own digital identity.

With an Unstoppable domain name, your WEB3 ID is backed by the blockchain which makes your domains safe and secure. They are also censorship resistant. This means they can’t be banned or put down by any authority.

Among the Unstoppable Domains extensions are .x, .crypto, .nft, .coin, .bitcoin, .888, .blockchain .dao, and .zil.

 

Affordable price

With a price starting at $5, you can easily create your cool, attractive WEB3 identity to be yours forever.

 

Full control, no renewal fee

Unstoppable Domains are minting the WEB3 domains as NFT on the blockchain of Ethereum in order to grant the owner full control as well as ownership.

Unlike the traditional domain names with extensions like .com, .co.uk, .net, etc, where one never owns the domain they use but pays a fee on a year basis, with the NFT domain names you pay once and it is forever yours.

 

Multi-chain compatibility

Over 270 coins and tokens are supported on the Unstoppable Domains platform and more will be added. No matter the blockchain, crypto transactions can be navigated easily.

Unstoppable offers a wide range of applications to work and interact with your WEB3 domain names like Bitcoin.com Wallet and Rainbow Wallet, MyEtherWallet, OpenSea, Coinomi, ShapeShift, and Argent among many others.

 

Crypto payments

The Unstoppable Domains platform allows the creation of really easy-to-remember and to associate with domain names. One reason to select your own domain name is to link it to the crypto wallet and use it when you make transactions.

Instead of keeping and adding a 40+ symbol wallet number, you can just add your name with the extension you’ve chosen to pay or to be paid.

 

Decentralized website

The decentralized website is one built on a blockchain and not related to any of the hosting or DNS companies. It is also a website that bypasses ICANN and all of the red tape.

Unstoppable Domains’s platform will help you use your NFT domain name to build a blockchain website where you can store safely your crypto wallet and NFTs collections.

Simply choose among the offered templates and your decentralized website can be built by following a few easy steps as shown on Unstoppable’s website.

 

Trade your WEB3 domain names

Apart from creating your digital presence and contributing to the development and spread of WEB3, your crypto domains can also be your investment asset.

Since the domain names you own are stored on Unstoppable blockchain as NFTs, whenever you feel like it, you could place them on the Marketplace and sell them as true NFTs.

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The Rise of Domain Names

The Rise of Domain Names

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We all have our own unique names and we all have our own phone numbers. The situation on the Internet is no different, each web page must have its own unique code. So that’s why domains were created – to make it much easier to reach the exact location of a website without having to remember its numeric address.

After the introduction of Crypto into our lives, we all realize that the borders and shopping opportunities between countries have changed.

Now, mostly cryptocurrencies are used for a money transfer, including traditional banks. For this reason, in a process where our lives are so intertwined with the internet, just as the names of shopping stores have to be memorable, domain names also act in this direction.

Of course, it was inevitable that domain buying-selling and approval processes would enter the crypto world. Moreover, a new category arose: crypto domains, also known as NFT domains.

Just as traditional domains make it easy to access all kinds of websites using simple names instead of long numbers, crypto domains can for example be used to give crypto wallets a clear and memorable name. It’s easy to understand, why crypto domains are getting more and more important and valuable. It’s a huge step towards a user-friendly Web3.

At this stage, Cloudname appears. You can buy and sell the domain names you like, both crypto domains and traditional domains, and pay by simply connecting your Metamask wallet or using your credit card. Having a maximum of flexibility with the payment provides a unique opportunity that both speeds up the process and allows you to see your options in a wider framework, unlike traditional ways.

Today, Cloudname announced its partnership with Unstoppable Domains, making domain trading smoother than ever. In addition, they are giving away $20 coupons for crypto domains to all their users. Just register on cloudname.com and get started with crypto domain trading.

Welcome to the world of Web3!

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Main Reasons to Buy a Web3 Domain Name

Main Reasons to Buy a Web3 Domain Name

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The evolution of Web3.0. opens new opportunities in front of the business, the art, the recreational services, and the social networking.

One of them is owning one’s own digital space not managed or disposed with by an authority or a corporation.

The evolution from Web2.0. to Web3.0. being entirely organic, is showing the Internet users’ need of owning their own cyberspace. And one of these needs results in the creation of Web3 domain names.

The Web3 domain names are also known as blockchain domains because of the blockchain network they operate on. This type of blockchain-based DNS address allows the use of privately-owned, personalized domain names. Among the used extensions are .dao, .eth, . nft, .crypto, and .blockchain.

The blockchain domains can represent one’s digital wallet while ownership is, of course, proved as an NFT. These Web3 domains can be traded on the NFT marketplaces like the one on Cloudname while, at the same time, the applications and websites under them can be found via the traditional lookup tools for domain names.

 

The Domain Names

Basically, the domain names are the human-friendly names we give the websites in order to ease our use and interaction with them. Imagine what it would be if we must add digits instead of names and if we do it for all the websites we enter on a daily basis… 123.123.161.183, for example, stands for DomainName.com.

Instead of memorizing long IPs for each website we want to visit, we give them names like, for instance, accuweather.com or google.com.

And here comes the help of the DNS – the Domain Name System.

The Domain Name System is in charge of all the traditional domains – those ending with .com, .net, .org, .co.uk, etc. It represents the library of all the domain names that have been registered.

However, being registered and paid for doesn’t mean owning the domain name. And here comes one of the major differences between the traditional and the Web3 domain names.

 

Owning the domain

It’s like leasing a house – you can live in it, you can decide each room’s purpose or who’s visiting, and if it will be locked or open for guests. And you can do it as long as you pay for it. Once you are no longer able or willing to pay, the same house goes to another user.

Traditional domains, just like the house above, are never owned but rented. You can use your domain name as long as you pay for its yearly subscription. Verisign Inc., for example, is the owner of the .com extension and ICANN is the company that keeps the registrars of all the traditional domains.

Unlike the traditional domains where users are only customers, on Web3.0. you are the actual owner of your domain name. This allows you to control your online ID. The Web3 or blockchain domain name can be owned or co-owned and the ownership is under NFT form.

 

Domain’s functionality

Traditional domain names’ purpose and functionality are meant to ease the interaction between the websites and the users. Usually, people type a domain name to enter their email account, another for their social media account, and another to check their banking statement, or to access their working platform.

Web3 domains can keep under the same name the user’s wallet, their website, but also they can add various applications – all under the same name. That’s why these types of domains are known to be one’s online ID. You can use your Web3 name to pay or be paid instead of memorizing the crypto wallet’s complicated number.

And all this is possible because of the blockchain.

 

The Blockchain Technology

This is a publicly accessible decentralized platform to keep and transfer information.

The system is maintained among the users’ computers linked in a network that acts as a server. This way, the need for one larger, stronger, and typically private player who takes care of the maintenance and is responsible in case of a vulnerability or a failure, is eliminated.

Instead, the users’ computers on the blockchain network are acting as servers. If one is down or switched off, the others keep maintaining the network. This makes the blockchain safer and more reliable. Bitcoin, the NFTs, and the Ethereum Name Service (ENS), are all built on blockchain technology.

 

The Main Reasons to Buy a Web3 Domain Name

Yours forever

The Web3 domain has not been owned previously and it won’t be owned by anyone else after you acquire it. Feel free to choose your name or your existing social networks’ ID and then buy the extension from companies like Unstoppable Domains or Cloudname.

Digital presence

Web3 domain name is your digital ID. It’s your online presence no matter if it comes to a crypto wallet or a website, or another application you want to add under the name.

Privacy

Unlike the personal details provided when registering a traditional domain name, Web3 domains can be set anonymously and users’ IDs won’t be linked to their blockchain domains.

Security

Because of the decentralized network, the Web3 domains exist on, they are less vulnerable to hacking. The lack of a main server means lack of possibility of global failure. While on the blockchain, this type of domain names cannot be taken or tampered and this makes them ideal to host sensitive data.

Smart investment

For now, the Web3 domain names are cheaper and at the same time, they represent a perfect glimpse to the future of the World Wide Web.

 

How to register a Web3 or blockchain domain name?

The first step is to obtain an ENS (Ethereum Name Service) supporting digital wallet like MetaMask.

Next step is to choose a domain name and to register it.

Just like the traditional domain names, registering a blockchain domain requires using a domain registrar like the ones on Unstoppable Domains or ENS.

The process of registering the chosen name goes through a smart contract on the Etherum blockchain. You’ll need your MetaMask or other digital wallet’s extension for this. Alternatively, you can use MyEtherWallet service.

Step three is to set up the DNS record for your name again through platforms like Unstoppable Domains or ENS.

 

Cloudname and Unstoppable Domains partnership

To promote Web3.0. and to make Web3 domains more accessible to the non-tech public, Cloudname and Unstoppable Domains join forces in a new campaign.

As of July 13th, every new Cloudname user will receive a coupon of $20 as a gift to be used for a blockchain domain name on the Unstoppable Domains’ Marketplace.

The goal is to get more users familiar with the world of Wb3.0. and its opportunities. The NTF domain names on Unstoppable Marketplace start at $5. You will be able to choose among ten different Web3 extensions.

These domains are not part of the ICANN network. Single-paid, with no renewal fee, they can even be bought without a crypto-wallet.

 

Conclusion

We live in exciting times. We are witnessing the evolution of Web2.0. to Web3.0. and the emancipation from the authorities and the corporate world managing the Internet and its data, our data. The blockchain domains are the gate to this new decentralized and more democratic environment.

Cloudname is the innovative platform for online domain trading. Discover the world of cloudname and everything you didn’t know about domain trading.

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NFT Domains from Cloudname and Unstoppable

NFT Domains from Cloudname and Unstoppable

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When one of the leading companies in the world of Web3 domains joins forces with the start-up offering Marketplace for both primary and secondary domain names, exciting things can happen.

On July 13th, Cloudname will airdrop 20$ promo codes as a gift to existing and first-time users, enough to buy a free Web3 domain on the Unstoppable Marketplace.  Not part of the existing ICANN root zone, Unstoppable Domains names are a decentralized identity usable in a growing variety of new ways with no renewal fees easily purchasable without a wallet, and no gas fees.

Customers can then mint their domain names on the Polygon blockchain if desired and names are sellable on domain marketplaces like Cloudname.com

Unstoppable Domains offers Web3 domain names in 10 different extensions with prices starting at $5. Your airdrop of a coupon code means you can buy 1-4 domains at the minimum price, or $20 off names priced higher than $20.

Each code is a gift of $20 for any of the NFT domain names offered by Unstoppable. Yes, a domain name with .crypto, .wallet or .NFT, or another extension including the recently released .blockchain. Other choices are .x, .coin, .888, .bitcoin, .zil and .dao

In order to receive the $20 gift code, you are asked to register on Cloudname website. And the code will be sent to your email address July 13th.  You can be on the Whitelist by starting an account now on cloudname.com

 

Do I really need an NFT domain name?

In the world of Web3, the NFT or Web3 domain name is your ID. It grants safety, ease of use, and freedom.

It is also linked to a specific wallet on the blockchain. The credentials for the wallet are stored as an NFT which makes it extremely secure. When trading, instead of using a long and complicated crypto wallet ID, you can send the funds, with only your own Web3 domain name.

Your domain can have extensions like .wallet or .888. Some of the advantages of the NFT domains Cloudname and Unstoppable are offering are:

  Digital property: since NFT, the domain is yours forever. No need for renewal, your Web3 domain is your ID as well as a proof of digital ownership.

  Decentralized website: you can use templates to create your own website without having to pay for hosting or a server.

  More than 200 cryptocurrencies supported: actually, your Web3 wallet can accept more than 250 different tokens and coins no matter on which blockchain you are.

 

How can I get my promo code?

Each first-time user will receive his/her own promo code after registering on the Cloudname platform. This code represents a gift of $20 for each of the NFT domain names offered on the Unstoppable Domains Marketplace.

Although the codes will be sent to the new users on July 13th, the registration process has already begun.

Here is what to do to obtain your code gift of $20:

  1. Follow the link and leave your email to get the gift code.
  2. Once the email arrives, on July 13th, save it. It gives you $20 to be used on Unstoppable the way you like!
  3. When ready, go on Unstoppable Domains and redeem your code.
  4. Get in love with a domain name and buy it to be yours forever.

Among the extensions on Unstoppable Domains are .coin, .blockchain, and .nft.

 

Why is all this important?

On a daily basis, we are still mostly operating in Web2.

From personalized advertising to the sale of personal data, and the usage tracking in a return for a presence in a social network, the virtual assets rules have been set by a limited number of private bodies.

Internet, however, started to evolve and change extremely fast by deregulating some of the features like obtaining a domain name. NFTs can be owned or co-owned and can act as proof of ownership. Cryptocurrencies and crypto wallets act like financial companies. Even art has found its place in Web3.

 

Hints to successfully register Unstoppable domain names

Combine numbers and letters for attractive names priced at or under the coupon code amount. You can use popular numbers like 365, 411, 360, 10k, Club999, etc.

Get your phone number which people already know as a Web3 domain name and digital ID. If the phone number is 5551212, then the Web3 ID can also be 5551212.dao or 5551212.wallet or why not 888vanity1.crypto

Get combinations of your first and last names, first or last initial, or even your nickname, especially if well-known among your party.

Why not use the brands you already own from ICANN domain names with various Unstoppable threads.

Grab domain names with your existing social media IDs which your friends and customers already know.  Or do the opposite, get a social media platform’s name to match your social media ID.

You could also go for names that may put in popular clubs like the UD10kclub UD10kClub.nft

@Ud10Kclub

 

Who are Cloudname and Unstoppable Domains

By integrating the markets offering both traditional and NFT domain names to a single platform, Cloudname made it easier, faster, more pleasant, and more understandable to buy and sell domains. Users can list, buy, sell, and follow the trends of the domain names market. They can pay with crypto or FIAT currencies by only connecting MetaMask.

Unstoppable Domains are one of the leading platforms for Web3 domain names. Among the extensions on their Marketplace are .crypto, .nft, and .blockchain. Users can also mint their own crypto domains on the blockchain. Unstoppable Domans’ focus is on making the Marketplace and the Web3 domains trade more user-friendly and comfortable even for people with limited experience.

 

Conclusion

Web3 is the next generation World Wide Web and it is all about decentralization, ownership, and transparency. The partnership between Cloudname and Unstoppable Domains is a step toward the spread of Web3 main purpose – to make the Internet independent and more democratic.

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Why Numbered Domains are Valuable

Why Numbered Domains are Valuable

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The numbered domains, also known as numeric domain names (NDN), are composed of only digits like 123.com.

This type of domain names can contain two, three, four, etc. digits before the extension. More than four however makes them complicated to remember and understand, and therefore less valuable.

The NDNs are perfect to translate an idea or a meaning in a short and straight manner. Take for example 360.com – an NDN sold back in 2015 for USD 17m. by Vodafone. The buyer was the Chinese IT company Quihoo 360 which already owned 360.cn and this was one of the most successful deals in top level numeric domain names’ history.

Numeric domains can also help gaining new markets where otherwise a language barrier would make it difficult to communicate the idea. Check Cloudname’s Marketplace for a good catch of numeric domains.

How Valuable Are the NDNs

Due to their nature – being entirely composed of digits, the numbered domain names are limited especially those highly priced. Only part of the NDNs is truly valuable and the chance to find such TLDs on a Marketplace is minimal. If you are looking for such domain names, you’ll have to contact the owners via an outbound sale.

Most valuable numbered domain names:

360.com – USD 17m. sold in 2015

55.com – USD 2.3m. sold in 2011

114.com – USD 2.1m. sold in 2013

88888.com – USD 245,000 sold in 2014

1001.com – USD 100,000 sold in 2013

More than just numbers

Initially limited, the digits used for representing a certain idea make the top-level numbered domain names lacking on the marketplace.

However, in East Asia, different NDNs keep being created and looked for, and the reason for this is partly due to this geographic region’s specific linguistic characteristics.

Since the domains’ main purpose is to name a business or an idea and spread it through the World Wide Web, these names tend to be universally recognizable and easy to associate a meaning to. And this is what makes the numeric domains so easy to use.

In East Asia two different factors make the NDNs more desirable than anywhere else in the World – the love for numerology, numbers, and their symbolic, and the fact that the East Asian and the European languages are phonetically and linguistically so different and yet they need to meet and cooperate in order to understand the meaning of a domain name and a business.

The Sense Behind the Digits

Despite all said above, in East Asia NDNs keep being created and looked for, and the reason for this is partly due to the geographic region’s specific language characteristics.

In China, where 80% of the DNDs are traded, for the senior generation it’s much easier to remember digits than the Latin alphabet’s symbols. One of the reasons for this is because in Chinese the phonetic sound for each digit means something else too and therefore various meanings can be associated with a group of digits.

For example, 589 which pronounced in traditional Chinese would sound like saying “I am forever rich”.

Number 9

9 means forever in Mandarin. Its pronunciation however sounds also like saying Harmony or Emperor.

Number 8

If you look at the East Asian TLD traders, you won’t find NDNs for sale containing this number and the reason is that 8 means Prosperity making it the luckiest number in the region.

Not only with TLDs but almost everywhere where digits matter, 8 takes special attention.

In Hong Kong a license plate with a single 8 on it was sold for USD 6m. while in the City of Chengdu, Sichuan a phone number containing all 8s was sold for USD 270,723.

Number 7

7 means lucky relationship. You can play with the numbers by making a pair of 7s as in a good relationship where usually two people is needed.

Number 6

6 is associated with prosperity, infinity, something desirable as in traditional Chinese, this number is pronounced as Wealth.

Number 5

5 has negative connotations as it sounds like “Not” in Chinese. However, when used as a pair, it gains positive connotation. In fact, while a single 5 is associated with unhappiness, 55.com has been sold in 2011 for more that USD 2m.

Number 4

From Japan, to Korea, and to China “4” sounds like and is associated with death.

Just like 13 in the Western culture, 4 has always been avoided.

The hotels do not mark the floors between 40th and 49th, the airplanes skip seat number 4, and the numeric domains use this digit very precociously because under some circumstances two pairs of 4s will mean “all the best”.

Number 3

3 means birth. One should be careful because if used as a pair, it will start associating with twins. And twins do not really link to luck in China.

Number 2

2 in pair means added value. Two is better than one. Two will add to what is already existing.

Number 1

1 in traditional Chinese sounds like Want and if someone wants something, they must miss it. However, as seen above, used in pairs changes the association in this case to Luck. This is why, some of the top-level NDNs are 11.com and 1001.com. Two is better than one. Two will add to what is already existing.

Conclusion

The valuable numbered domain names are limited. Your best option is to buy one on the outbound market.

Due to the possibility to create various associations and meanings, and their importance in the East Asian market, no matter how few they are, the numeric domains are always a great catch and a valuable asset in your portfolio.

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Top tips for buying and selling domains

Top tips for buying and selling domains

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As the title suggests, our latest article is all about providing those helpful tips that can make the difference between a good decision and a bad one when it comes to trading domains. Many of the points within this article are good practice for any form of investment and you will notice this as you read on.

Earlier in the year, we discussed how much the domain market is worth and we discovered some truly astonishing numbers. Did you know calculations at the time of writing that article put the domain market at a potential value of $249 billion dollars? What an incredible market, full of potential!

This shows the appetite and chances for profit in such a dynamic field and is one of the reasons why the team at Cloudname have developed our all-in-one domain trading platform. We’re helping people realise the potential rewards of buying and selling domains.

Given the rewards and also risks involved in domain trading, it is essential to do the research and gain a full understanding prior to making any investment decisions. As a result, we’ve put together this helpful top tips article for those looking to buy and/or sell domains.

 

Why would you want to buy and sell domains?

The sentence above talking about $249 billion is a big enough reason for many to consider buying and selling domains. However, there are actually plenty of fundamental reasons why people choose to undertake such an activity.

Whether an individual looking for some extra income or a professional aiming to build up a portfolio, let’s explore a few of the reasons below.

Buying domains

Build or diversify your portfolio: If you’re looking to build or diversify an investment portfolio then buying domains is a fantastic way forward. It is becoming a genuine, mainstream option alongside more traditional investments like property and shares.

Start or expand your business: Every business needs a website and it may be that your perfect domain is taken. If so, you may be able to buy that domain from the current owners and potentially even take advantage of the existing SEO that has been built up.

Protect a brand: With the increasing shift to blockchain technology and e-commerce, it is becoming harder to protect a brand. For those worried about it, you can buy domains up to ensure you have control over a domain that looks similar to your existing brand. Equally, it might help your business or brand to diversify into new areas such as cryptocurrency and Web3.0.

Selling domains

Make a profit on domains you own: An easy and relatively obvious reason why people sell domains, but worthy of comment. For those out there who are new to this world, it is a great way to make a profit if you do your research and don’t just rush in thinking you can make a quick buck.

Free up funds to invest in other domains: Domains can be a risky and expensive investment, so you may wish to free up funds by selling a domain that you currently own. This is a good way to ensure you use funds you can afford to risk or ditch riskier domains that may lose you money in the future.

Diversify your portfolio: One of the best ways to reduce risk is to diversify your portfolio of investments so you’re not relying on the performance of one market, one niche, one country. Diversifying to different markets or different types of investment may require you to sell domains to then invest in other areas.

 

So what are the top tips for buying and selling domains?

Now that we’ve introduced you to the idea of buying and selling domains, as well as reasons why people choose to it’s time to check out those top tips towards success. 

Do your best to stay focused

If you go into domain trading with a scatter-gun, random approach then the likelihood is you will lose more than you gain.

By trying to narrow your focus and think about a particular industry, niche or sector that you have some experience of then you will start off in a much stronger position. The reason for this is that you will be able to more confidently perform keyword research, assess the importance and relevance of searches and the performance of existing domains.

Equally, if you’re trying to sell a domain then the more you understand it the easier it will be to connect with the right customers. You will be able to develop its authority more effectively and target prospective buyers in the right way.

Understand the value of the domain

A domain’s value can be hard to calculate because of the various characteristics you must take into consideration.

Firstly, you need to understand the industry or niche that the domain resides within so that you can understand whether it is a growing market with demand or potentially one that has reached saturation.

Furthermore, for both buying and selling a domain you need to have a clear picture of its performance with search engines. A highly optimized domain will drive up the price, which as a seller is a good thing or may even mean you get a bargain if it’s for sale at a relatively low value.

Other characteristics you should consider in order to understand the value of the domain include potential brand connections and the popularity of it’s TLD (Top-level domain).

Do your research

True for any decision you make within the world of investment. If you’re going to risk money by buying a domain, or perhaps want to ensure you sell a domain for the best price then you need to do as much research as possible.

When buying or selling a domain, think about researching:

  • – The health of the domain including authority with search engines
  • – The industry or niche that it is connected with
  • – Similar domains that have been bought or sold recently
  • – Keywords that are researched and how the domain could take advantage of that

No matter if you’re trying to buy or sell, researching these points is important and will play a significant role in deciding if you pay or receive the best possible price.

Promotion is key

If you’re buying a domain then you may think promotion isn’t entirely relevant. However, it is important to think about what you will do with the domain once you’ve bought it. Promoting it is important if you wish to build up its value to then sell on or perhaps use it as a landing page for your business.

For those looking to sell a domain then promotion must be considered as a way to drive up the value and get as much interest as possible. Promotion whilst owning it will help improve the health and attractiveness of the domain and by getting more people interested in buying it, you can potentially have people bid against each other.

Think about the long term

You will get warnings on almost every webpage and article about domain trading, specifically that buying and selling domains is a long-term game for those wanting to make money.

The idea of flipping domains or quick wins isn’t realistic and whilst it may happen sometimes it is far better to plan for the long-term. If you’re buying a domain then be prepared to wait months and maybe even years for it to increase in value.

Should you be looking to sell domains then it may take time to find an interested buyer, or perhaps you will need to spend time and money on developing the authority of the domain in order to get a price you’re happy with.

Use the right platforms

You will want to promote your domain on social media and forums when it’s time to sell a domain but before you can begin to buy or sell one, you need to decide on the best platform to use.

There are various platforms out there for trading domains such as Namecheap and Cloudname. Always do your research on the best one for your individual requirements and look to see which has your preferred domain if you’re looking to buy.

One great feature of Cloudname is that once you own a domain, you can transfer it to the Cloudname system and manage everything in one place. This will make life a whole lot easier if you wish to manage a portfolio of domains.

 

Are there alternatives to buying or selling domains?

Yes! There are in fact two fantastic alternatives to buying and selling domains that many readers will not be aware of. In the same way that you can rent a property or buy shares in a company, you now have the ability to do these things with domains and that opens up a whole host of new investment possibilities.

Domain rental

If you own one or more domains and you wish to make money from them, but don’t wish to sell then renting them out is the answer. Imagine being a new business in need of the perfect domain but without the expertise or funds to start SEO from scratch. Being able to rent one from an owner that is already established will save time and money.

This is becoming a more and more desirable option for people, making it a great time to take advantage if you currently own domains.

Domain tokenization

An even newer concept in the world of domain trading, tokenization can be thought of in much the same way as buying shares in a business. It is often referred to as fractionalization.

Imagine there is a domain that is worth $100,000. That is clearly far too much money for many smaller investors out there and could be hard to buy or even sell as the owner. By tokenizing it, you can sell 100 shares worth $1000 to 100 people.

This instantly increases your chances of generating funds because you will open up the market to potential buyers. We’ve got a helpful article on this topic here if you’d like to know more.

 

A final thought on buying and selling domains

The opportunities available to those wishing to buy and sell domains are clear to see. Just like in any other form of investment, it is vital to always think about how best to mitigate risk and maximise profit.

By exploring the best tips and tricks for buying and selling domains you can do just this. When you’re ready, head on over to the Cloudname platform and start your investment journey!

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“(…) Ethereum Name Service (ENS) is the phonebook of the Blockchain.”

“(…) Ethereum Name Service (ENS) is the phonebook of the Blockchain.”

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Last month saw Ethereum Name Service surpass the one million registered domain mark and new registrations clocked in at 365k in May alone. The registration frenzy was propelled by the “999club” and “10kclub”, a new group of 3-digit and 4-digit .eth domain holders, created after all .eth domains between 000 – 9999 being sold out. The current number mania has resulted in ENS domain sales hitting their highest levels on record.

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Alex Van de Sande and Nick Johnson from the Ethereum Foundation launched Ethereum Name Service on May 4, 2017. A naming protocol that allows humans to use easy-to-remember names for their cryptocurrency addresses.

As DNS enabled a domain name to be linked to an IP address, becoming the phonebook of the Internet. Similarly, the Ethereum Name Service (ENS) is the phonebook of the Blockchain.

However, utility does not end there; ENS are in themselves NFTs, whose ownership is recorded on the Ethereum blockchain. This means you can also trade them on any marketplace – and as soon as next August, when the next upgrade protocol is scheduled to occur – holders will be able to lease, trade, or earn royalties on any subdomain created under their parent domain.

Furthermore, ENS names are already the standard across most crypto wallets, besides working with a decentralized architecture which can reference to decentralized, uncensorable websites and a potential universal login for all things Web3.

“The idea is to sell some, and leave most of them,” said 1289.eth, who is envisioning a four to five year future timeline for his ENS domain names.

The hype is not going unnoticed. Earlier this month, GoDaddy (the Internet Domain giant), has come out with guidance to their clients and offered to broker deals in strategic defensive registrations. On that blog post they went on to caution, blockchain domains are unregulated, and being decentralized in nature, lack the “traditional website resolution manner”.

These Web3 identities, like GOD.ETH, are gaining momentum. We’ve seen a drastic increase in the number of identifiers such as this being acquired and at times used.

The future of ENS looks bright as proponents predict in the upcoming years every individual and company will rush to setup their Web3 identity – especially with more traditional companies integrating crypto payments and diving into the metaverse.

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How can people sell their ens domains in the aftermarket?

ENS domains are a great asset, there’s no doubt in that. But where can they be bought and how can domainers find buyers for their domains? There are several platforms that make it easy to trade domains in the aftermarket, like OpenSea or Cloudname. The latter is especially useful for traders, who appreciate a maxium of flexibility when trading domains: They can buy and sell both traditional and crypto domains using a variety of Crypto currencies or FIAT (like Euro and US Dollar).

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